NACo releases legislative analysis of Disaster Recovery Reform Act

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NACo Legislative Analysis: Impacts of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018

New federal disaster legislation makes modifications to FEMA programs to better assist local communities as they prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters.

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On October 5, the President signed into law H.R. 302, which contains the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018 (DRRA). The DRRA modifies several Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) programs to better assist state and local disaster mitigation, preparedness and recovery efforts.

NACo has released an in-depth analysis of impacts the DRRA could have on counties. The legislation places a heavy emphasis on improving pre-disaster mitigation, reforming federal disaster recovery assistance and developing disaster preparedness guidance and training. To read more about the DRRA passage, please click here.

FEMA is actively working to implement approximately 60 reforms over the next year. This analysis is part of NACo’s ongoing advocacy to help strengthen federal support for county agencies on the frontlines of our nation’s response to emergencies and disasters. NACo will work closely with FEMA as they implement the program reforms outlined in this analysis.

For more information on the content of the analysis, please contact: Lindsey Holman, Associate Legislative Director at or Brett Mattson, Legislative Assistant at

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